With sky-rocketing medical costs, more and more people in the Victor Valley and Inland Empire are turning to home health care options for the short and long term. There are many considerations regarding home convalescence and it is different for each patient.
Whether temporary or permanent, home health care offers several distinct advantages:
- Decreased facility costs
- Familiar surroundings can expedite recovery
- Location convenience
- Skilled, effective in-home care
Short Term Care encompasses temporary medical attention after a surgical procedure or injury and lasts a few weeks to a few months. Common short term home care includes recovery from cosmetic surgery, sports or work injuries, chemotherapy, or broken bones. Generally, friends and relatives are sufficient for short term home health options. However, consulting a professional agency for short term health care may help in the recovery process. These agencies often employ licensed professionals such as Registered Nurses to instruct and supervise the patient’s recovery plan.
Long term care is a more permanent arrangement and often includes hospice oversight. According to the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, nearly 20% of Americans 65 and older experience physical impairment and face a 40% risk of entering a nursing home. These senior care percentages are why thousands of Victorville and Inland Empire residents carry long term care (LTC) insurance. In addition to nursing home options, long term care insurance will also usually cover skilled and non-skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing care would entail complex procedures performed by a Registered Nurse (RN). Non-skilled nursing care describes general activities such as bathing, bathroom visits, meal preparation, and administration of some medication.
Hospice care is the natural conclusion to long term, palliative care and begins when medicine can no longer contribute to the recovery process. Generally, when a patient is given four to six months of life; hospice professionals will visit the home to ensure patient comfort.
Whether you are searching for short term, long term, or hospice care in the greater Victorville or Inland Empire regions; there are many agencies to select. Credentials, qualifications, and experience will help you choose the right agency for your needs!